MacArthur Fellowship recognizes tap dancer & choreographer Michelle Dorrance!

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes the work of artists, writers, scholars and the like for their ongoing efforts.  The cash award has no conditions, other than “keep on keepin’ on…” I did not recognize Michelle Dorrance’s name at first, but after a profile on NPR, I thought what Ms. Dorrance has accomplished has been a worthy addition to the many contemporary choreographers who have been given the “Genius” grant, such as Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Twyla Tharp.  Here’s the link to the interview that was featured last week:

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/29/444437486/michelle-dorrance-i-just-knew-i-would-never-stop-tap-dancing

World Ballet Day!

In the spirit of “all-things-in-the-world-must-have-a-yearly-designated-day”, (hey, it was National Coffee Day on Tuesday), someone, somewhere thought October 1st should be a day when ballet could be celebrated all over the world via the internet! For 23 hours, live streaming video feeds will reveal the inner workings of The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.  Why not take a look today?   http://www.worldballetday.com